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Dascyllus trimaculatus - Threespot Dascyllus
5.5 in. (14.0 cm)
Minimum Aquarium Size
55 gal. (208 L)
Reef. Provide plenty of hiding places – prefers stony coral colonies and juveniles will also live in sea anemones.
Foods and Feeding
Feed meaty and vegetable foods two or more times a day.
Many aquarists are attracted to the “cute” juveniles, but they can become very aggressive toward each other and other fishes as they grow. While juveniles can be kept with a wide-range of tankmates, adolescences and adults will pick on small, more passive fish tankmates. Likewise, young fish can be kept together, but as they mature, they will do battle. It is not unusual for young fish to pair-up as they reach sexual maturity (other Threespot Dascyllus will be harassed by the “happy couple”).
The juveniles make a very attractive display as they bob up and down above a coral head. As they get larger, they spend less time within branching corals and more time in the water column. A very durable fish that can live for over 20 years in captivity. It may also spawn in your tank.
Reef Aquarium Suitability